Eagles hire the top Duck: Oregon’s Chip Kelly
PHILADELPHIA – In the end, Chip Kelly chose the NFL, and the Eagles got their guy.
Philadelphia hired Kelly on Wednesday, just 10 days after he decided to stay at Oregon. The 49-year-old Kelly, known as an offensive innovator, becomes the 21st coach in team history and replaces Andy Reid, who was fired Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season.
Kelly, who was 46-7 in four years at Oregon, interviewed with the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills in a two-day span after leading the fast-flying No. 2 Ducks to a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3.
The Eagles are known to have interviewed 11 candidates, including two meetings with Seahawks’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, a former Fort Lewis College coach.
Bears reshape their staff with Trestman, Kromer
CHICAGO – The Bears hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman on Wednesday to replace the fired Lovie Smith, hoping he can get the most out of quarterback Jay Cutler and make Chicago a playoff team on a consistent basis.
It’s the first head coaching job in the NFL for Trestman, a longtime assistant in the league who spent the last five seasons coaching the CFL’s Alouettes and led them to two Grey Cup titles.
Trestman, 57, was an offensive coordinator with Cleveland, San Francisco, Arizona and Oakland.
A person familiar with the situation said the Bears hired New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as their offensive coordinator.
The Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, reported on their website that special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was leaving to become Chicago’s assistant head coach/special teams coordinator.
Rockies avoid arbitration with Lopez and Outman
DENVER – The Colorado Rockies agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Wilton Lopez and left-hander Josh Outman to avoid salary arbitration.
Lopez gets $1,762,500 under Wednesday’s agreement, up from $515,000 last year. Outman received $675,000, an increase from $482,000.
Lopez was 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA for Houston last year and just eight walks in 66 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old was acquired by Colorado on Dec. 4 for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham.
The 28-year-old Outman, obtained from Oakland in January 2012, was 1-3 with an 8.19 ERA in seven starts and 20 relief appearances for the Rockies.
Both were eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Four Rockies remain in arbitration: right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, outfielders Tyler Colvin and Dexter Fowler and infielder Jonathan Herrera. They are set to swap proposed arbitration salaries with Colorado on Friday.
World Cup Ski Racing
Bode Miller will skip the Cup to prepare for the Games
Bode Miller will skip the rest of the World Cup season to rest his surgically repaired left knee.
The two-time overall champion had microfracture surgery nearly a year ago and has been taking a cautious approach to recovery, not wanting any sort of setback with the Sochi Games just a year away.
And while the 35-year-old has missed some races, he hasn’t sat out a full season since his debut in 1997.
Miller called the decision “tough” but “easy for me when I look at my opportunity next year.”
This has been a big year for Miller off the slopes. He married pro volleyball player Morgan Miller on Oct. 7, and the couple is expecting their first child. Miller has a 4-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.